Advance of Thursday’s game: Chattahoochee vs. South Forsyth

Chattahoochee is trying to make a run for its second Class AAAA state championship in a row with a lot of new faces.

The Cougars, which are 7-1, have only four returning starters from last year’s title team. Chattahoochee plays at South Forsyth (2-6) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The game will be broadcast live on WSB-TV’s digital channel 2.2 and at www.wsbtv.com.

“We’re not as experienced as last year,” Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder said. “We’ve got some good players, and I think we can compete for another championship. It’s just a matter of how fast they can grow up. What they are showing me every day is that they are growing up.”

Chattahoochee got shocked in the season-opener with a 24-7 loss to Lambert but recovered to win seven in a row heading into Thursday’s game.

“That loss was more of a wake-up call for me than anybody else because I just stood around that game and expecting to win just because of who we were,” Crowder admitted. “I treated this year’s team like last year’s team, and it’s a completely different team. After that loss, it kind of motivated me. And of course, I’m going to motivate the kids. We’ve really gotten better every game since then.”

Chattahoochee is tied with Lambert and Johns Creek for first place in Region 7-AAAA. If all three teams win their next two games, Chattahochee could finish with the No. 3 seed due to tiebreakers for the state playoffs.  “We’re fighting for a region championship,” Crowder said. “We need some help from other teams but we can’t worry about that. We’ve got to focus on our games and win those.”

39 comments Add your comment

From Where I Sit

October 27th, 2011
9:21 am

We all from Forsyth County hope you LOSE Chattahoochee as our team is Lambert!

Enough Said!

Copernicus

October 27th, 2011
11:03 am

@From Where I Sit

Speaking for all Chattahoochee fans the feelings are mutual towards you all at Lambert. You were plowed by Johns Creek, you squeeked out a win at Woodland, you needed late game heroics at Sequoyah…….Your game has been going down each week so the question is “Are you ready for Rome tomorrow night?” I hope so because that team is on FIRE and hungry for a playoff spot.

A loss by you all puts you 3rd and possibly 4th in the region and will allow us a direct route towards consecutive Region 7AAAA titles.

It is going to be an interesting weekend for football….8 hours to go until kickoff for Hooch and South!!

GO HOOCH!!

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
11:13 am

Here is the likely Region 7 Playoff Situation:

4 seed – plays Flowery Branch in round 1
3 seed – plays NSWR in round 2 (away)
2 seed – plays Statesboro in round 2 (away)

This tells me it is critical to get the #1 seed in this region to have a fighting chance to get past round 2.

As Copernicus says, Hooch needs to take care of business and hope that Lambert gets clipped by Rome. The interesting thing is that if Lambert loses to Rome and Hooch loses to Rome in week 11, then Hooch would drop from a #1 seed coming in to week 11 to a #4 seed going out.

let the young men play

October 27th, 2011
2:47 pm

It is refreshing hear about coaches that work to get better the same way their players do.

From Where I Sit

October 27th, 2011
3:02 pm

Again, Hooch, what a joke, Lambert owned you in the game against you!!

Enough Said!!!

WarEagle

October 27th, 2011
3:26 pm

@vegasjs — your teams better focus on winning round 1 before they look ahead to round 2!

HoOch

October 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

Hooch will take another state title!

reality

October 27th, 2011
6:37 pm

Hooch is only winning against teams that are barely 4A. It is such a joke that anyone thinks they are a good team. Lambert dominated them and would do it again this week if they had the chance. Your coach is a phoney and a joke wait til you play some real teams

steve

October 27th, 2011
7:09 pm

pretty sure the chattahoochee coach won a state championship last season….not sure how that makes him a phoney

reality

October 27th, 2011
7:16 pm

They were not his players he did not develop them then he comes out like he is some great coach, that is how he is a joke. They should be called North Fulton High since the county encourages recruiting there.

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
8:27 pm

If Hooch played Lambert today – Hooch would win 35-7 – totally different team at this time.

reality

October 27th, 2011
8:29 pm

NORTH FULTON FOR SOUTH FORSYTH BEAT CHEAT A HOOCHEE

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
8:29 pm

War Eagle – I agree no guarantees getting through round 1 – just making a point that it is unlikely that the 2 or 3 will get through round 2.

objective fan

October 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

Totally differenet team since they had their transfers the one from Buford did not even start there – says a lot about the teams …….they are playing less competivitive teams don’t kid yourself they are not that good

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
9:53 pm

Lambert should do the honorable thing and roll over versus Rome – everyone knows that JC and Hooch rule 7-AAAA

objective fan

October 27th, 2011
9:58 pm

Lambert and JC rule Hooch is out

North Fulton Truthsayer

October 27th, 2011
9:59 pm

Just wait till next year when the Overton kid transfers from JC – unbeatable.

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:01 pm

Lambert couldn’t complete a pass against the little sisters of the poor.

objective fan

October 27th, 2011
10:02 pm

And Hooch looses their ring from last year cause of ineligible player JUSTICE FOR ALL

Titan Fan

October 27th, 2011
10:05 pm

Please go into how how you managed to get home grown kids back into such a good record this year Crowder? Ohh yea he went and recruited about 8 new athletes. What a joke. Crowder has never won with his own players. Hooch would have never won a state title last year without the help from all of his recruits. This is what gives HS Football a bad name and makes him a terrible coach.

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:11 pm

Objective Fan – you don’t sound too objective.

Titan fan – its part of the game – why didn’t NV recruit?

spikesshadow

October 27th, 2011
10:14 pm

Did they foreclose on the Northview scoreboard yet?

unreal

October 27th, 2011
10:14 pm

recruiting is not suppose to be part of the game in HS- typical hooch mentality

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:17 pm

Its about whats best for the kids – Whitehurst wouldn’t have had a shot at a D-1 scholarship if he stayed at Northview.

the truth will come out

October 27th, 2011
10:18 pm

Lambert will beat Rome tomorrow bank it and JC will beat .
Final standings in Region 7
JC
Lambert
Hooch
the way it should be
Good luck Hooch playing Region 8 2 seed

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:20 pm

yes it is whats best for the kid but you are still suppose to follow the rules.

spikeshadow

October 27th, 2011
10:21 pm

Hooch is overrated

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:26 pm

Seriously guys, as I mentioned earlier, the 2, 3, and 4 in region 7 have no shot going past round 2. Lambert may get the 2 seed, but have no chance versus Statesboro in round 2. 3 seed, even if its Hooch will not beat a NSWR team that is itching to redeem itself from last year. Hooch has a shot versus Heritage, but JC or Lambert will get crushed if they drop to the 3.

Tucker96

October 27th, 2011
10:30 pm

I have nothing but respect for coach Crowder. He coached @ Tucker for a few seasons in the 90’s. It was during those years that Tucker’s winning tradition started.

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:48 pm

if Jc and Lambert would get crushed then so would Hooch. You do know Lambert killed hooch and JC gave them the game and still almost won in OT. Why do you think hooch is better than those teams. If i was Hooch I would be worried about getting past Rome. your run defense is week.

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:52 pm

Why am I arguing with myself?

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:53 pm

I ask the same thing Why am I arguing with myself?

no name

October 27th, 2011
10:54 pm

Crowder did not recruit any players. never has and never will. If you have proofof this then show it, if not then stop blowing smoke. Yes, we have new kids but they were not recruited. The kids that came in, came for various reasons. I know for a fact that Johns Creek and Alpharetta have tried to recruit Hooch players and still are.

vegasjs

October 27th, 2011
10:57 pm

ok everyone is just making this up- Right

realistic fan

October 27th, 2011
10:58 pm

Hazelton
Grace
Ford
Whitehurt
Gregory

Any questions?

vegasjs

October 28th, 2011
7:53 am

Dixon
Smith
and the list goes on an on

vegasjs

October 28th, 2011
9:50 am

To the fake vegasjs – at least try to hide the fact that you are stealing my handle, you punk.

Cass parent/fan

October 28th, 2011
10:19 am

OK Hooch and JC fans, you could pull for Cass to upset Lambert next week!!! That is not out of the question!

vegasjs

October 29th, 2011
10:23 pm

After further thought I think JC is the best team in the region no doubt.